COVID-19 Updates for F-1 Students

SRJC will offer an increase of in-person classes in Fall 2023. The International Student Program is offering Online and In-Person Services
Please see international student FAQs for more information about COVID-19.

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Student asking SRJC staff member a question Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here, you will find answers to the questions most commonly asked by international students. For specific questions not addressed here, please do not hesitate to contact the friendly staff at ISP, as we are happy to help! See our staff page to direct your question to the appropriate staff member.

1) How can I apply to SRJC?

You can visit our Admissions webpage for information about our deadlines, the application process, and admissions requirements. Our application process is very simple and SRJC does not have any academic eligibility requirements for admission. If you have the required funds, a passport, and are at least 18 years old (or have a high school diploma), you are eligible attend SRJC as an international student.

2) How much will it cost to study at Santa Rosa Junior College?

As required by the F-1 visa, international applicants must show evidence of sufficient funding available for their first year of study. SRJC estimates tuition, fees, housing, textbooks, health insurance, and other expenses to cost $26,995. A full breakdown of these expenses is available on our Fees & Expenses webpage

3) Do I need to take the TOEFL test to be accepted at SRJC?

You must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be accepted at SRJC. We will accept TOEFL test results, among many other examinations and exceptions. For a full list of acceptable English proficiency examination results, please refer to our Admissions webpage.

4) How soon will I receive an admissions decision?

You should receive an answer from us within 1-3 business days after submitting your completed application. When we receive your documents, we will review your file and inform you of any missing requirements or if we have questions. When your file is complete, you will be issued an admission letter and Form I-20.

5) How do I get an F-1 visa to study in the U.S.?

You apply for the student visa at an American Embassy or consulate in your country. You need a valid passport to apply for the visa. Read our instructions on Obtaining a Visa for Study in the US.

6) How early can I enter the U.S. before school starts?

You must select a major field of study to be accepted to SRJC. You can either pursue a Certificate or an Associate's Degree at SRJC. The United States Embassy or Consulate will expect you to have a clear academic goal before they will issue you an F-1 student visa. Once you arrive at SRJC, you can change your major. However, your Form I-20 must always be updated to reflect your current program of study. 

7) Do I have to have a major? What if I change my mind?

You can enter the U.S. 30 days before the “report date” listed on the I–20 form.

8) How do I choose my classes?

After you are admitted and submit the Student Enrollment Reservation (SER) form, you will be able to register for classes. SRJC has two International Student Counselors who can help you choose your classes and register for them. You can contact one of these Counselors if you have any questions relating to your studies at SRJC.

9) How many classes do I need to take?

As required by the F-1 visa, international students must enroll full-time. Students who are admitted to the Summer term must enroll in at least 6 units. Students attending SRJC in the Fall or Spring semester must enroll in at least 12 units. After attending SRJC for at least one semester, Summer Term becomes your annual vacation, and enrollment in summer classes is optional. Under special circumstances, F-1 students may request to drop below 12 units through the Reduced Course Load (RCL) authorization. 

10) Can international students work?

International students are allowed to work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the semester, and up to 40 hours per week during summer vacation. After completing one year of academic study, you may request authorization to work off-campus if certain requirements are met. More information can be found on our Employment webpage